Research Excellence Framework

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Response to HEFCE’s consultation in 2007 on the future framework for the assessment and funding of research.

At the end of November 2007, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), in parallel with the HE Funding Bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, issued for consultation a set of proposals regarding the future framework for the assessment and funding of research.  This new Research Excellence Framework (REF) will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) post-2008.

The chief characteristic of the proposed framework is that it will make greater use of quantitative information, or metrics, than the current arrangements.  This will apply specifically to most of the life and physical sciences, which would be divided into six broad subject groups (the arts and humanities, social sciences, statistics and mathematics will assessed and funded through a light touch peer review procedure, yet to be defined ? there will be a further, separate consultation for these areas). The metrics-based methodology will be introduced gradually between 2010 and 2014.

The RIN’s response to the consultation is below. This is focused on how the REF might impact on the development of research information services, and how researchers might make use of such services.

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